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Monday, February 19, 2024

15 Minutes, Monday This and That, and other linkies

To Do Tuesday:

Last week's goals:

1. Embroider 3 elephants ✔

2. Mountains - rr block 

3. Sheep - rr block 

4. Pick out boat shed fabrics from my stash (for Wellington, NZ row in my trip quilt) X

5. Fishy Business - Feb blocks in red 

6. Prep Lori Holt's "Let's Bake" pies 

I loved making those cute pie blocks and look forward to making the rest of the blocks over the next year or so.  I am making it my own personal block of the month.

A lot of stitching has been happening in and out of my sewing room.  Saturday I had to help my sweetheart with roofing the hay barn.  My job was to help him load tin onto the fork lift and then send him up and down the fork lift all day long.  Because I had to stay at the bottom to bring him up and down, I sat in my car and stitched elephant embroidery.  I got all of them done except one.  I did it in the car because it was pretty cold outside.

7. Begin another princess block X

This week's goals:

1. Embroidery last elephant

2. Assemble Celestial Star Top

3. Sew up Pineapple blocks at the Snowgoose Retreat this weekend

Monday This and That

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Mid-month checkin linky party...Chookshed Challenge

Sorry the link up is a little late this month.  I wasn't sure if you ladies wanted to link up mid-month or not.

I made my last block for Celestial Stars and have half of the elephants embroidered. I am hoping to get the top done. 

I am making a throw size.  Here they are together.  The bottom right one is still in the hoop and almost done with the embroidery. 

We would enjoy seeing and reading about your progress on number 2 thus far.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

To Do Tuesday

To To Tuesday keeps me getting things done.  Here is my report.

Last week's goals:

1. Finish the last Celestial Star 

2. red/green star block for a block exchange 

3. Embroider 2 elephants  

4. Nutmeg NYB block 

5. Kaffe NYB block 

6. Backing pieced for Blooms of Color 

It is hung and hanging next to the top.  

Empty bags and bin...yay!

 This week's goals:

1. Embroider 3 elephants

2. Mountains - rr block

3. Sheep - rr block

4. Pick out boat shed fabrics from my stash (for Wellington, NZ row in my trip quilt)

5. Fishy Business - Feb blocks in red

6. Prep Lori Holt's "Let's Bake" pies

7. Begin another princess block

The elephants are in the Scrub Stitchin' bag.

Mountains, Sheep, Elsa, and Let's Bake pie fabrics are in the see through bags.  Fishy Business is in the pink bin.  All are ready to sew this week.  
This organization plan has kept my sewing room much cleaner.  Hopefully I stick with it.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Happy Sewing Room/Happy Quilter Week

My sewing room stayed clean this week, and I worked on the projects I had pre-organized to work on.  I did cut out a block that wasn't on the list, though.  When you are cutting, sometimes you just keep cutting.

NYB blocks take lots and lots of pins.  I sat and just pinned for quite some time on Saturday.

Elephant Embroidery

Zoom on Friday

Lou shows us her EPP.  

On zoom we were talking about snow because Janet was walking in it in her part of the world.  Since I live just a few hours from her and in the same state, some asked me if we had snow.  We didn't yet, but I awoke the next morning to this.

It was beautiful!

15 Minutes to Stitch Update

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

To Do Tuesday

 Last week's goals for To Do Tuesday:

1.  Get my lesson ready for a teaching endorsement I am working on and successfully teach it.  There is much involved in the process.  The lesson itself is ready complete with a video clip I made, two activities with visuals and manipulatives, and handouts.  It takes quite a bit of time to write the lesson plan, have my admin  scheduled to evaluate me, and then video the two of us in a discussion about it.  There are also three reflection topics I have to write about as well. 

2. Get my seals made 

They finally look like seals.  There is more hand applique' to do on them, but I plan to save them for the next zoom session.

3. Make one $ Building Block.  It is paper piecing and curved piecing this month and will take some time.

4. Two fish blocks for RSC 

5. One elephant embroidered 

Yes, they really needed an outline stitch to help them show up - love them.  Still don't favor this particular star though.

6.  Write some instructions for a quilt block I am presenting at retreat in April. 💣

7. Move daily - only twice this week.  I am still getting back to not being so tired from being sick.

8. Outside Time - 💣

This week's goals:

1. red/green star block for a block exchange

2. Finish the last Celestial Star

3. Embroider 2 elephants

4. Nutmeg NYB block

5. Kaffe NYB block

6. Backing pieced for Blooms of Color

Last weekend I decided I would enjoy my sewing room better if I cleaned and organized it a bit.  It only took one afternoon;  why did I wait so long?  Anyway, I have a new system of putting just the things I want to work on in a week's time in the "To Do" bins.  After they are done, I will put them back with the rest of the fabric or blocks they go with.  It helps me to visually see what to work on, stay cleaner, and makes my sewing room happier.

#3 and #6 on this week's To Do list above are in this bin.

#s 1, 2, 4,  and 5 on the To Do list are in the pink bin and the vinyl bags.

My hand work, Celestial Star block for this week, fits neatly inside my Scrub Stitchin' bag along with floss, glasses, needle, hoop, and snippers.  I guess this is my "travel bin" for this week's hand work.

Clean sewing room photos...

Also linking up with:

Patchwork and Quilts

Oh Scrap

Monday This and That

Design Wall Monday

Monday, February 5, 2024

Cape Palliser Seal Colony memories in New Zealand; hence, seal blocks

Aussie/NZ Quilt progress update:

For starters, my seal blocks finally look like seals instead of black ghosts.  The faces are all appliqued down, needle turn style, with the exception of the black eyes.  They will be blanket stitched because they were just so small.  I do still need to hand stitch down the bodies, but the edges are turned and they are glue basted.  They are all ready to go for the next sewing zoom session.  The seal on the bottom right is actually from Australian fabric.  I picked it up years ago in a little quilt shop in Moab.

The seals are part of my New Zealand memory of driving from the Martinborough area to Cape Palliser.  I knew there would be a seal colony there, but I was completely wowed by them, probably because there were so many and we could get so close to them.  We literally watched them for a couple of hours in and out of the water with their babies.  It was one of the greatest memories of the trip!

That day began after a good night's sleep in this adorable little Air BNB.  My sister and I enjoyed it better after the owner was able to get the heater working for us.  It was a different kind of heater than we had ever seen before.  We didn't know how to run it.

We found a little place to go to our church before heading to the Cape Palliser area.

We had to stop along the way to take a photo of this lovely little church and spot.  It really was in the middle of no where.

It was about a 2 hour drive before we came upon the ocean along the southern part of the north island.

The surfers caught our attention before the seals did.  We don't get to watch surfing in our part of the world, so it was fun to see.  
You will have to look closely to see them out in the water.

The day was sunny, but it was jacket weather - a little bit cool.

The seals really blend in with the rocks.  I would be standing, looking for one of them without even realizing one was nearly close enough to touch.  It was so cool!

There will be more on our trip as I make memory quilt blocks throughout this year.